Professor Peter Winkler elected AAAS Fellow
February 18, 2023
Mathematics and Computer Science professor Peter Winkler has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as reported in Dartmouth News. Professor Winkler is one of 505 scientists, engineers, and innovators spanning 24 scientific disciplines who are being recognized for scientific and socially notable achievements spanning their careers. AAAS recognized Winkler for contributions to combinatorics, discrete mathematics, and probability, and for his extraordinary work as an ambassador for mathematics. He has authored more than 150 research papers, with a primary focus on the intersection of probability theory, combinatorics, and theory of computing. “For me, the main motivating question for my research is, ‘Why is it that some things are easy to compute and others seem to be very hard?’ There are a lot of mysteries. I use mathematics to try to understand this phenomenon. It’s really fun to see something that you didn’t understand before.” In spring term 2023 he will be teaching Game Theory: Classical and Combinatorial, continuing his tradition of teaching a graduate probability course of interest to both computer scientists and mathematicians.